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Infinite Cat Project Archives for January 23-27, 2017.

Mewsings: January 23, 2017 - A cat doesn't 'roll' well with a change of someone else's making." - Carole Wilbourn

cat on electric blanket

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Don't mind me. I'm just breaking-in the new electric blanket."

Cat Mewvie: It's Overwatch, but with cats.

comic really rich cat

Today's Kitty Komic

cat watercolor by dorvile dovidonyte

Feline Art: Watercolor by Dorvile Dovidonyte.

cat with only two legs

The kangaroo cat.

This cat has only two legs, but he can do all that a normal four-legged animal can do! No wonder his owner named him “Able.”

Able’s sets an amazing example, where all of us full bodied and no limbs missing beings can learn a lot from. When Able was just 1-year-old, he was trying to catch a bird on the roof, as cats are wont to do.

But it so happened that fate has other designs for him as he accidentally slipped and fell, and the poor cat’s two front legs got entangled on a live wire and nearly died from being electrocuted. As a result of this accident, he lost his tail and front legs.

This is Able, a kitty with no front legs, he more than makes it up for his missing limbs by jumping around with incredible agility, like a kangaroo.

“The first time I saw Able, I had a feeling of such positive energy and it has given great inspiration to live my life,” Walai Sriboonvorakul told Coconuts Bangkok. “He’s a very strong cat, indeed,” said the 49-year-old owner.

“I first saw Able when I came back to my condo, and first I offered to pay for his vet visits, but the hairdresser told me there was nothing else they can do. She also couldn’t take care of him, and Able just had to live like a stray and ran away from speeding cars.” she said.

However, Walai was determined to save Able. She didn’t want him live a miserable life as a disabled cat on the streets of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

“One night, it was raining, and I walked out of my condo to check on him. I saw him reluctantly dragging himself outside the roof to pee. That’s when I decided to take him in,” she said.
She nursed Able back to health taking care of him with great love, and two years later, he has made a full recovery.

‘We called him “Able” because he can do everything just like the other animals’
As a matter of fact Able doesn’t seem to be aware of its disability at all. He’s a incredibly lively and agile cat, who goes about conducting its life like any other four-legged cat out there, maybe even better! It jumps like a Kangaroo while climbing the stairs, chasing other cats, or even jumping up to impressive heights.

"He loves to play with little children and will stare into your eyes to get what he wants,” Walai said.

Adding to all this drama, Able has a sibling named Fin, who lost the ability to use her hind legs. These two cats with the opposite leg problems are collectively two cats with only four legs and are inseparable best friends, and in a way they really do complete each other.

You can say after going through such a traumatic life early on, and recovering from such an awful accident, Able’s got a pretty sweet deal in life. He has a wonderful and loving owner and a great sibling as a friend and on top of all this a great attitude and approach to life. He indeed deserves a “standing” ovation.

The story of is a humble reminder of an ancient saying: “there’s always light at the end of a dark tunnel.”

Mewsings: January 24, 2017 - "Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." - James Masonn

cat on sewing supplies

Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm in the way? So what? Hah! Get it?"

Cat Mewvie: "Constable on patrol" meets "Can on head".

cat calendar comic

Today's Kitty Komic

rainbow bridge art with cats

Feline Art: "Rainbow Bridge", artist unknown.

Mewsings: January 25, 2017 - "I would gladly change places with any of my cats." - George Ney

cat and cat tattoo on arm

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Looks just like me."

Cat Mewvie: The Escape Artist.

cat and robin cartoon

Today's Kitty Komic

zentangle cats

Feline Art: "Dungeons & Kitties" by AneKeshu.

cat at blackboard

Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, say scientists

The idea that dogs are more intelligent than cats has been called into question.

Japanese scientists say cats are as good as dogs at certain memory tests, suggesting they may be just as smart.

A study - involving 49 domestic cats - shows felines can recall memories of pleasant experiences, such as eating a favourite snack.

Dogs show this type of recollection - a unique memory of a specific event known as episodic memory.

Humans often consciously try to reconstruct past events that have taken place in their lives, such as what they ate for breakfast, their first day in a new job or a family wedding.

These memories are linked with an individual take on events, so they are unique to that person.
Saho Takagi, a psychologist at Kyoto University, said cats, as well as dogs, used memories of a single past experience, which may imply they have episodic memory similar to that of humans.

"Episodic memory is viewed as being related to introspective function of the mind; our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats," she told BBC News.

"An interesting speculation is that they may enjoy actively recalling memories of their experience like humans."

The Japanese team tested 49 domestic cats on their ability to remember which bowl they had already eaten out of and which remained untouched, after a 15-minute interval.

They found the cats could recall "what" and "where" information about the food bowls, suggesting they had episodic memory.

The researchers suggest cats may remember for much longer periods than the short time tested.
And they say cats can match dogs on various mental tests, including responding to human gestures, facial expressions and emotions.

Saho Takagi said the research may have practical applications.

"Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships," she said.

"Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, as opposed to the common view of people that dogs are much smarter."

Prof Laurie Santos, of Yale University, said the experiment nicely shows that cats are remembering information about where they searched before and also which locations used to have food.

"It opens the door to new studies examining how long cats' memories can be and whether they also remember richer episodes in their own life as humans do," she added.

Experiments have shown dogs also appear to have memories linked to specific times and places.
The same team of Japanese scientists previously found that in similar tests, dogs had memories of food bowls from which they had eaten.

And last year, a team from Hungary found that dogs were able to recall their owner's actions, even when they were not specifically instructed to do so.

The research is published in the journal, Behavioural Processes.

Mewsings: January 26, 2017 - "There is no such thing as 'just a cat'." - Robert A. Heinlein

cat and plasma ball

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Zap!"

Cat Mewvie: The internet is, of course, made of cats.

cats and red laser dots comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat hair finger puppets

Feline Art: "Hegemony" by Leah Palmer Preiss.

Mewsings: January 27, 2017 - "If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh." - Patricia Hitchcock

black panther kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: Baby black panther.

Cat Mewvie: Cat or goat?

cat oblivious comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by vladimir rumyantsev

Feline Art: "Bird Hunter" by Vladimir Rumyantsev


The First Cat in Space

On October 18th, 1963, the Centre national d’études in France was set to send a small cat named Félix into space. After lagging behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake its claim in the space race—with cats, for some reason. But on launch day, the mischievous little beast went missing—and an accidental heroine stepped in to take his place. Her name was Félicette.

From the streets of Paris, this tuxedo kitty—nicknamed “Astrocat”—would reach heights never achieved by feline kind. On October 24th, 1963, Félicette jetted 130 miles above Earth on a liquid-fueled French Véronique AG1 rocket, soaring high above the Algerian Sahara Desert. She returned just fifteen minutes later, already a decorated heroine for her nation.

After her landing, French scientists at the Education Center of Aviation and Medical Research (CERMA) studied Félicette’s brain waves to see if she had changed at all since her voyage. While not much is known about their findings—or about Félicette’s eventual fate—the CERMA said she had made “a valuable contribution to research.”

Unfortunately, Félicette’s story has been lost in the sands of time; A victim of our puptriarchal society that favors the achievements of dogs above all others. But France’s place in the overall space race—or lack thereof—could explain her erasure.

“I think it may be a matter of how history played out,” space historian and editor of the space history site collectSPACE Robert Pearlman told Gizmodo. “The effort that led to launching humans into space—and then ultimately, to the moon—was the space race between the United States and the Russians.”

The pioneering efforts of brave pups, monkeys and other animals paved the way for humans in the US-Russia space race to the moon. Scientists used animals as test subjects to see how a lack of gravity would impact them, and in effect, humans. If animals could survive the harsh conditions of space, so could we. At least that was the idea.

“Laika the [Soviet] dog led directly to Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space, which led to Alexey Leonov becoming human to spacewalk,” Pearlman said. “Monkeys Able and Miss Baker led to the first American flights that took heroes like John Glenn and Alan Shepard into space.”

While France does have its own formidable space program, Pearlman said the French ultimately did not pursue sending humans into space on their nation’s own rockets. That could explain Félicette’s relative mysteriousness..


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